The grandiose perfection of Seville Cathedral
Seville is home to Europe's largest Gothic building, a colossal church with the UNESCO World Heritage designation. Come and discover this architectural gem. Inside there are 500 priceless works of art. We are talking about the Cathedral, one of the many treasures to be found in this southern Spanish city. What are you waiting for? Come and see for yourself!
There are many reasons to come to Seville, the capital of Andalusia. This city has unique character. You will soon notice this special magic if you take a stroll through the streets of the centre. Right in the heart of the city you will find its most important artistic treasure: the Cathedral. This huge construction, along with the Indias Archive and the Real Alcázar (citadel), constitutes an extraordinary monumental site.
The first thing you will notice is the sheer size of this Gothic church, the world's largest in its style, and the third largest church in the world. Tradition has it that, when it was approved for construction in the 15th century, a priest said the following: "Let us build a church that makes people think we are mad". This was no exaggeration.
Arches, doorways, towers and windows make up this creation that was completed in the 16th century. The most outstanding element on the outside is the Giralda, the church's bell tower that is Seville's universal symbol. It is over 100 metres high, crowned by a weather vane known as "El Giraldillo", that represents the victory of the Christian faith. The tower is built on what was the 12th century Moorish minaret, and its profile is an imposing figure on the city skyline. Head up to the top of the Giralda and enjoy a bird's eye view of Seville. From there you can look out over the rooftops, squares, streets, gardens, and, of course, the Guadalquivir River.
Now go into the Cathedral. Although the church seems austere and stern at first sight, between the vaults and columns you will find hundreds of artistic gems of all types: paintings by artists like Murillo, Zurbarán and Francisco de Goya; statues such as the 13th century Virgen de los Reyes, patron saint of Seville; the mausoleum of Christopher Columbus; its gigantic Main Altarpiece, the world's biggest; the Choir Stalls; treasures in the form of books and documents; precious metal work; iron work, sculptures and stained glass windows in a range of styles - real works of art... Be sure to visit the Cathedral cloister - there you will find a very special spot: the Patio de los Naranjos. Feel the peace and calm of this garden of Moorish origin. It once formed part of the city's old mosque.
Come and visit. You will not be disappointed. Besides this set of monuments, it is worth taking your time to explore the whole of Seville's historic old town. This is the best way to immerse yourself in the passion, joy and vitality of this unique city.
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